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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Next season
« on: April 25, 2011, 08:33:10 AM »
As Tony Pulis has mentioned many a time in respect of his Stoke team, I think we need to have 3 back to back seasons in the PL before we can consider ourselves a real PL side. With the first season all but secure, the main aim in the next couple of seasons should be survival IMO whilst gradually improving the squad year on year. Anything more than that would be a bonus.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Well Done and thank you
« on: April 25, 2011, 08:26:42 AM »
Great acheivement by Stoke getting into Europe in all fairness. Let's hope their PL form doesn't suffer as a result... ;)

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Peter Odemwingie
« on: April 25, 2011, 08:25:17 AM »
What a fantastic season the lads head. Not only his goals but his all round performances have generally been different class. I think Mulumbu has been outstanding this season and will rightly be many fans choice for player of the season. However Pete's 13 goals and overall contribution have been absolutely priceless, without which we would no doubt be in a real trouble. On that basis he's starting to edge ahead of Mulumbu for my player of the season.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: Thomas
« on: April 25, 2011, 08:19:20 AM »
Had an off day, we all have them. I actually think he has improved under RH, has been working his socks off.

I agree, I think his work rate has improved immensely under RH. I personally think he's had a good first season in the PL. He's been inconsistent at times but that is usually the case with wingers, especially those plying their trade in the bottom half of the PL. He has generally caused teams opposing full backs a lot of problems and was excellent at home to Liverpool a few weeks ago.

I think it's worth remembering that the lad has played a LOT of football this year, perhaps more than he has been used to in recent years given his injury record. It may simply be time for him to have a rest and recharge the batteries.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: Gonzo
« on: April 25, 2011, 08:14:36 AM »
Not surprised, I've been saying for months that he's a better fullback than Reid.

I think Reid has done a superb job since he's come into the team and is a key reason as to why we have picked up so many points in recent games IMO. Jara was looking like a liability before he was pulled out of the team, positionally poor and erratic on the ball. Reid has been far more steady and consistent and certainly more assured defensively. I'd pick him over Jara every time.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: Vela
« on: April 25, 2011, 08:09:14 AM »
I didn't go to the game so can't comment on his overall performance, but from the highlights he appeared to show some nice touches. Great vision and pass to set up Odemwingie for the goal and some good work down the left to set up Morrisons chance in the second half.

I think people need to remember that the lad has played very little football this year and will likely need a couple of games to get up to the speed of things. He'll be all the better for that 90 minutes under his belt and in the absence of Dorrans should start in that attacking midfield position in the next game IMO.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: After Match Debate
« on: April 09, 2011, 05:16:27 PM »

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: After Match Debate
« on: April 09, 2011, 05:02:02 PM »
Incredible effort from everybody involved once again. BOING BOING :D :D

General Football & Sports / Re: Anything Stoke
« on: March 14, 2011, 05:25:26 PM »

The likes of Olsson and Mulumbu have bee very good all season IMO and they've continued that under RH. For me Steven Reid has been inspirational these last few games and has confirmed most peoples oppinion that he should have had a lot more game time this season. His defensive performances against Stoke and Blues have been impressive but he's also contributed two assists with his willingness to get forward.

Scharner is another who seems to be benefitting from Roys more organised approach. We all know his attacking attributes  aren't the best but his defensive attributes appear more at home in the current system. His second half performance against Blues was outstanding.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: borja valero
« on: March 10, 2011, 12:55:27 PM »,25212,12087_6804239,00.html

Hi Guillem! As a Barcelona supporter i have grown tired of the Cesc saga. I feel they should let him stay at Arsenal. As an alternative why don't they go for Borja Valero? That guy is damn good. I watched them playing Madrid at the Bernabeu and he tormented them. I don't even know how they lost that game. Borja is at the peak of his career and he will come cheap compared to Cesc. I know he is a product of Madrid but the way he plays is similar to Barca. What do you think? Xolani Mkhize (Barcelona fan)

GUILLEM SAYS: Valero will be a wanted man in the summer, Xolani. I think Barcelona will go for him if Arsenal don't accept 40-45m for Cesc; he would be the perfect player to bring a bit more creativity to midfield. But Barcelona may face competition from Chelsea and it would be great to see him partner Fernando Torres at Stamford Bridge.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: Vela has to start
« on: March 02, 2011, 12:56:57 PM »

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: Steven Reid
« on: March 01, 2011, 01:15:07 PM »
Inspirational in every aspect. Another player who has been shamefully under utilised this season. Looked streets ahead of Jara defensively and offered us good delivery going forward.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Chris Brunt
« on: March 01, 2011, 01:09:51 PM »

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Jonas Olsson
« on: March 01, 2011, 12:53:56 PM »

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Graham Dorrans Joins Norwich City
« on: March 01, 2011, 12:49:34 PM »

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Meite - an overlooked option
« on: March 01, 2011, 12:46:41 PM »

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Chris Brunt
« on: February 22, 2011, 01:52:07 PM »

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Mulumbu is essential to us.
« on: February 20, 2011, 04:54:38 PM »
He gives us energy and drive and competativeness in midfield.  Without him we are incredibly lightweight.

Today I feel that we had to be competative in midfield but I'm not sure a 4-4-2 is the answer without Mulumbu.

That's the biggest thing for me. His energy rubs off on the team in general and we seem to be much more lively and 'up for it' when he's playing. We need to keep him and Dorrans fit for the rest of the season as I believe they have the potential to form a very effective midfield pairing

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Paul Scharner? Should he be dropped?
« on: February 20, 2011, 04:51:48 PM »
He offers good defensive cover but he give us absolutely nothing offensively (aside from his aerial threat). His passing is laboured, often sideways and usually completely uninspiring. With Mulumbu injured however I think Roy had very little option but to play him given that we have no other DM.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Peter Odemwingie
« on: February 20, 2011, 04:49:28 PM »
For some reason Pete was played on the right wing today, I just cant understand it personally. It was like playing with both Brunt and Pete on the right wing and being short in the middle?

It was definitely a 442 for the first 65 minutes. Odemwingie has a tendancy to drift out wide but his starting point was definitely through the middle. When Vela came on we seemed to move towards a 443 with Odemwingie then positioned more on the right.

The criticism of Fortune in the stands, on here and on the radio is completely over the top IMO. He didn't have the best of games today but he worked hard, ran the channels very well and generally got into some good positions. His touch and general ability let him down at times but I think he has a very important part to play between now and the end of the season. He certainly wasn't helped by a very poor performance from his striker partner Odemwingie.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: Scott Carson
« on: February 20, 2011, 04:37:26 PM »
He was ill according to CL.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: After Match Debate
« on: February 20, 2011, 04:34:16 PM »
The fact they had so much possession was mainly because they had an extra man in midfield. They still only had 2/3 shots in the entire game. It's alright having possession of the football but if you're not hurting the opposition then it's essentially a pointless exercise. Surely us of all team should be familiar with this.

Saying that, there's no getting away from the fact that we were poor today. Our ball controll and final ball were dreadfull at times. IMO the balance of the side didn't look right with Scharner in the middle of the park and we badly missed Mulumbus energy.

Fortune got into some good positions but his touch and hold up play let him down whilst Odemwingie was awful for the second game running. Thomas was shackled by Zubar, Brunt was largely anonymous and serious doubts remain about Tamas. Shorey and Olsson were both stand out performers IMO.

In the circumstances it was a good point but 3 points from hojme fixtures against West Ham, Wigan and Wolves simply isn't good enough. Whilst the remaining fixtures are tough we need to keep the faith. Any talk of us already being relegated is both ridiculous and premature.

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